Band of The Day #550 - Ghost Beach
Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn are the New York based duo, Ghost Beach who are making waves with their synth-laden, 80s influenced, retro-future goodness.

The pair indulge in endless variations of pop, topped with epic guitar solos to shape their seductively great sound. This is feel-good, contagious music glazed with an impressive glitter factor. With Josh’s beautiful and flamboyant vocals paired with Eric’s soaring synths, guitars and forever young harmonies we’re expecting they will be heard from afar at The Great Escape this year. Make sure you check out their album ‘Blonde’ along with the killer new single ‘Miracle’.

Band of The Day #548 – Little Matador

Today marks the release of Little Matador’s self-titled debut album “Little Matador” – and what a beast of a record this is. Although they are a relatively new band, their members boost with rock’n’roll experience. Former Snow Patrol guitarist now turned front man Nathan Connolly put together a smashing quintet, whose members have played in the likes of Idlewild, The Frames and Tired Pony.

The band recorded their album together with producer Sam Bell in Metropolis Studios in London creating a debut which is filled with loudness, energy and pounding rock’n’roll beats. Empowering, aggressive, thrilling - it’s the perfect record to get dirty to. Little Matador will be gracing us with their presence on day 1 of TGE14.

Band of the Day #547 - Still Parade

Based in Germany’s creative core, Berlin, Niklas Karmer of Still Parade makes hazy, dreamy folk-pop goodness layered softly with synths and delicate vocals .

It’s the kind of music that’s all about letting go and being lost with your thoughts. The gentle guitar and dusky vocals give this music a unique and thought provoking quality to accompany this mantra perfectly. The album took three years to perfect and encompasses the perfect mix of familiar folk with warm electro beats. We are very pleased to have Still Parade making the trip to Brighton to play this year’s festival.

Band of the Day #546 - Angel at my Table

Loaded with lush guitars, catchy melodies and unique vocals, Luxembourg’s five piece Angel At My Table produce a fresh and distinctive powerpop sound.

Delicately and respectfully blending the mystical magic of Bon Iver with the raw sensibilities Cobain and Regina Spektor, singer Annie Eve, pours sugar and bitter spice into her angelic compositions with disturbing ease and sincerity. These guys have been lucky enough to rub shoulders and open the stage for some of their favourite bands including Paramore, Billy Talent, One Republic, Biffy Clyro and Good Charlotte. Be sure to catch them at The Great Escape on Friday 9th May.

Band of The Day #545 - Rejjie Snow

Rejjie Snow is anything but your ordinary hip hop artist. This 20 year old talent is being praised as the next star to explode out of Ireland. Having performed alongside King Krule, MF Doom and Kendrick Lamar, Mr Snow has already garnered a cult following in the UK and is slowly spreading his rhymes across the European continent. A debut album is due this year and you can catch this rising star live in Brighton with The Great Escape 2014.

Band of The Day #543 - BRNS

Hot off touring with the likes of Cloud Nothings, Yeasayer and SUUNS and hailing from the medieval and postmodern corners of Brussels come BRNS, a mesmerizing experiment in dusk, dance, and the fullness of sound. This quartet of talented multi-instrumentalists weave together tunes that are mystical, moody and insatiably catchy.

From the visceral and danceable ‘Mexico’, to the pulsating anthem of ‘Here Dead He Lies’, BRNS is ceaseless in their ability to unfold haunting ambience into chest-pounding beats, and then back again. Listen to their ‘Wounded’ EP here and you’ll see what we mean. Their full length record ‘Patine’ is due out in August this year and if you consider yourself a fan of anything from Animal Collective to Fugazi, then come and see them at this year’s Great Escape, you may well find your new favourite band…

Band of the Day #542 - Taymir

Hailing from The Netherlands, four piece band, Taymir are making catchy indie pop in the traditional beats of the 60s, but with the balls of the Arctic Monkeys and the venom of The Strokes.

Their members may only be between the ages of 16 and 23, but do not be fooled, these boys are making music with the talent that would place them well beyond their years. Their music is both heavy and tame enough to help you feel fulfilled in any mood. Last year they boys released their debut album ‘Phosphene’ with a sold out release show, which catapulted them right into the eye of fans and media being labelled ‘The most promising band for 2014’.

Band of the Day #541 - The Amazing Snakeheads

This Glasgow trio’s brutalist rock’n’roll teeters on a knife-edge between palpable menace and outright violence. They are breathlessly exciting and are said to be the band that are truly bringing back good old rock’n’roll, with all of its thunder and spine chills.

The Amazing Snakeheads take the familiar sounds of blues-punk and heavy rock and shape them into something that sounds fresh and new. Frontman, Dale Barclay is both captivating and almost hypnotic and combined with the rest of the band they make for a completely unforgettable live experience that we cannot wait to be a part of.

Band Of The Day #538 – The Crooked Brothers

Is there anything more Canadian than spending the cold Manitoba winters in a warm cabin log writing albums and then playing folk festivals from coast to coast in the summer? We don’t think there is – The Crooked Brothers do exactly that.
The trio craft not-so-ordinary folk music with their guitars, mandolins, dobros and banjos, but most importantly with their voices. They blend together effortlessly, creating beautiful tight harmonies complementing their natural instrumentation. It’s ‘music full of hips and hearts’ honouring the lows in life just as much as the highs.
We recommend you get your hands on their new Postcard EP, which is a limited series of postcards featuring artwork by The Crooked Brothers and friends.

Band of the Day #537 - Rebeka

Polish electro duo, Rebeka are the experimental pop phenomenon made up of the beautiful singer, Iwona Skwarek and talented producer, Bartosz Szczesny. The pair cook up a treat of organic disco, Chinese techno and vintage keyboards. They’ve been creating their buzz on the grapevine since way before their first official release, Roksana in 2011, so it’s no surprise that they’re reached the standard they’re at now.

Rebeka’s live performances are perfectly raw and minimal. The simplicity of the Casio mixed with the fully-fledged synthesisers is what gives their music the extra edge that it embodies and those carefully planned arrangements their melodic richness. Catch them at TGE14, our full schedule has been released today so find out full details HERE.

Band Of The Day #536 - Say Lou Lou

Say Lou Lou are the twin sister dream pop duo hailing from both Australia and Sweden who ooze retro elegance in their awesome shimmery pop music. Looks-wise, they have a beautiful Abba-esque look about them, minus the bearded men, but their music has a far deeper and on-trend quality of pop quality to it.

These sibling beauties recently made the BBC Sound of 2014 longlist and are now working on their long anticipated debut album which will be released later this year. Their next single ‘Everything We Touch’ is out in May and available for free download from their website.

As if all of that wasn’t enough, we here at The Great Escape are proud to have Say Lou Lou on the bill as support for Kelis and Ella Eyre's Dome show on Saturday of The Great Escape festival 2014. Tickets are almost sold out so if you want to see this stunning line up, get your tickets quick from HERE.

Band of the Day #535 - TarO&JirO

TarO&JirO are the amazing and original funk-rock duo from Tokyo. These lovely boys are making music like nothing we’ve heard before. With their harmonies of perfection and guitar riffs of precise genius, you’ll find yourself in a weird combination of both body and mind fatigue, firstly from the dancing, but then from the confusion over how two men can make such an intense and powerful sound.

Since moving from their homeland to London, the brothers have completely perfected their skills to the most insane of levels. The door really opened for them in 2011 when they took their music over to France, where they won a prestigious music competition which led them to share stages with the likes of guitar legends Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, Steve Morse and Scorpians, to name a few. The brothers will be playing live at The Great Escape next month.

Band of The Day #534 - Rosie Lowe

After appearing on Lil Silva’s ‘No Doubt’, Devon-born vocalist Rosie Lowe deservedly stepped into the spotlight with her very own mind blowing EP, ‘Right Thing’. Working with producers Kwes and Dave Okumu (The Innvisible), the release automatically grabbed the attention of tastemakers and received rave reviews, with The Sunday Times hailing it “one of the most arresting debuts of the year”.

Think Banks or FKA Twigs and you’re on the right tracks. Rosie Lowe is another jewel who pushes the boundaries of electro pop and experimental soulful R&B. And it seems word is getting around about the new chick on the block, her most recent video for ‘Games' has notched up over 106,000 hits on YouTube.

After a stunning sold-out show at Oslo in Hackney, Rosie Lowe will playing at The Great Escape, don’t miss her.

Band of the Day #530 - Jenn Grant

Her remarkable talent for fusing pop and folk in a beautiful mix of musically blossoming compositions, but managing to maintain the intimacy portrayed within her lyrics is simply one of a kind.

Songstress Jenn Grant has been an important fixture around the Canadian folk-pop scene since her much acclaimed debut album “Orchestra for the Moon” was released in 2007.

Almost 10 years later and 3 further albums down the line Jenn has so far received several ECMA nominations and won the East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year 2012 with her latest record “The Beautiful Wild”; she was also longlisted for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize and a Juno Award in 2012.

She is now ready to embark on a new adventure with her forthcoming EP “Clairvoyant” due for release this spring. Jenn will be making the trip from Canada to perform at this year’s Great Escape.

Band of The Day #529 – Charlie Cunningham
It’s no easy task to charm a room with just the aid of an acoustic guitar, but one man is proving that he has the skills to do just that. Oxford resident Charlie Cunningham took himself off to Seville to learn guitar and returned with a truly captivating talent. His Spanish-influenced, rhythmic style, means Charlie creates a sound that seems beyond the capability of one lone man.

His beautifully fragile melodies are deeply alluring and convey a bittersweet sense of optimism. Charlie recently supported Racing Glaciers at Oxford’s O2 Academy and with only a few tracks that have emerged online he is already making waves in high circles. He’s featured on Zane Lowe’s Next Hype list and has become one of BBC Radio 1’s Bloggers’ Choice for 2014. Make sure you catch his set at The Great Escape 2014.



--Steve Lamacq BBC 6 Music